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  • gm280 commented on MarcinC17's instructable Cuban Style Sandwiches2 hours ago
    Cuban Style Sandwiches

    Now you made me hungry. We have a mom and pop Cuban Restaurant about two miles from our house. I may have to revisit them now. Of course I could follow your recipe and make some as well. Thanks!

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  • gm280 commented on parts_express's instructable REVITALIZE YOUR OLD AUDIO SYSTEM2 hours ago
    REVITALIZE YOUR OLD AUDIO SYSTEM

    This is funny. I was just talking to my wife today about our old Acoustic Research AR3a speakers and how much I like them still. Very heavy, but extremely great sound still. Nice project you refurbished, and don't let them go.

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  • gm280 commented on struth novo's instructable Making AWESOME Zombie Prosthetics!!!2 hours ago
    Making AWESOME Zombie Prosthetics!!!

    Nice job. I like it. Looks great and a lot of work.

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  • gm280 commented on Kenstruct's instructable A Frame Cabin2 hours ago
    A Frame Cabin

    I have to admit, I would much rather have a place like that in the woods then anyplace on a beach. But that is just me. Nice job and project.

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  • gm280 commented on EnjeckC's instructable Outdoor Cooking: Edible Bioplastic Spoons1 day ago
    Outdoor Cooking: Edible Bioplastic Spoons

    I understand what you are saying and even trying to do and it makes sense. However, when plastics were first manufactured and introduced to the public, the scientist screamed about how plastics were for ever! They never biodegrade and therefore will be around until. But that just isn't true. While plastics are pretty stout, they do decompose at a slower rate then we like. But ultimately they also decompose. Nothing is forever. So plastic will not be around forever. If that were true, you would never have crumbling plastics in outdoor items that have to be replaced. But we all know UV destroys everything...including plastics.

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  • My Top 8 Must Know Super Cleaning Interior Tips

    Two things come to mine watching your videos. First, you must own a Ford Ranger Pickup. You use it in a lot of your videos. I know that vehicle extremely well because I too own one, a 1995 model in excellent condition. Second, when you clean a dash with a vinyl protectant (Armor All, Meguiars, NuVinyl, Mother's, 303, and such), do you experience a glare on the windshield from the shiny dash? I do, and it is some times hard to see through depending on how the sun is reflected. ?

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  • Scratch Built RC Airplane(20cc Gas Powered)

    That brings back memories when I used to fly R/C. I even taught others to fly. Hang in there and enjoy the hobby. Nice build.

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  • gm280 commented on struth novo's instructable Making a Silicone Severed Head!!!2 days ago
    Making a Silicone Severed Head!!!

    That is the most realistic prop I've seen. Bravo on your skills.

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  • gm280 commented on pjnovas's instructable Water Level Indicator Using Magnets2 days ago
    Water Level Indicator Using Magnets

    You just built a standard reed fuel sensor circuit. That is the exact way a reed fuel sensor works. I have tried to duplicate such a reed switch with mixed results. But I too used reed switches that would turn on a circuit that had a resistor installed to add on to the total and then a standard fuel gauge could read the resistance and know exactly how much fuel you had remaining. Nice project and bravo for making it work like you wanted it to.

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  • gm280 commented on SmartAir's instructable Proven and Effective HEPA Air Filter2 days ago
    Proven and Effective HEPA Air Filter

    Good project. I have been actually doing that in my workshop where I cut wood, but I use only the typical filters to clean the air. Amazing how much filth they collect in such short time. And then think about how we breathe in such partials daily. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on fredlam's instructable Laser Alignment for Taig Lathe2 days ago
    Laser Alignment for Taig Lathe

    Now that is a good idea. When you mounted the LASER in the chuck, did you hand rotate the chuck to see if there was any run out as viewed on the tail-stock? I ask because if the LASER is not centers perfectly, the end results will be off and actually make a circle instead of a stead dot. But if you can make the dot it projects stay in the exact same place even when hand turned, then you have a great idea to align everything else. I like the idea!

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  • Making a Planet of the Apes Chimp Prosthetic

    That's a pretty good duplication in my opinion. Nice project.

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  • gm280 commented on michu19753's instructable Clutch Pressure Clock2 days ago
    Clutch Pressure Clock

    Interesting clock. And I just recently changed out a clutch, pressure plate and bearing myself.

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  • Car Brake Light Repair (LED Conversion)

    Ingenuity is always refreshing to see. I love to seen alternate ideas to fix things. And I can honestly say, I would have fixed that using LEDs as well.

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  • gm280 commented on TiggsOnInstructables's instructable Custom Guitar Case (DIY!)3 days ago
    Custom Guitar Case (DIY!)

    Nice build. I will have to bookmark this so I can refer back to it later on.

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  • gm280 commented on jade7272's instructable Home Automation 3 days ago
    Home Automation

    I used to design and build circuits for aircraft before retiring. I am always intrigued when I see such systems developed and setup. However, not one system thus far builds redundancy circuits. And I can guarantee you that one day your system will malfunction. So unless you built two such setups, you are in for a huge trouble-shooting situation. And the sad fact about that is, it will happen years after you forgotten all about it. So refreshing your build memory will have to be relearned. So if you are building such a whole house system, built two of everything and be ready. Nice project anyway. Just make tested duplicates of every thing.

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  • gm280 commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Wire Trailer Lights4 days ago
    How to Wire Trailer Lights

    I applaud you in some respect and have some issue with others. You did a good tutorial about wiring trailer lights and even did a pretty nice install. A couple things I would like to suggest though. First, you used a nice grommet at only the side of the trailer for the cased wires to run trough. But you didn't use a grommet at other locations that are just as prone to chaffing through he casing and insulation and short. It won't happen initially, but it will when you least want it to. Been there, done that.Second, the typical consensus on most boating sights is to run the white (ground) wire to every light and connect for their ground. Grounding to the trailer will certainly cause issue down the road. The ground on the trailer will corrode in time and the ground will be iffy then. And t...

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    I applaud you in some respect and have some issue with others. You did a good tutorial about wiring trailer lights and even did a pretty nice install. A couple things I would like to suggest though. First, you used a nice grommet at only the side of the trailer for the cased wires to run trough. But you didn't use a grommet at other locations that are just as prone to chaffing through he casing and insulation and short. It won't happen initially, but it will when you least want it to. Been there, done that.Second, the typical consensus on most boating sights is to run the white (ground) wire to every light and connect for their ground. Grounding to the trailer will certainly cause issue down the road. The ground on the trailer will corrode in time and the ground will be iffy then. And that is because of dissimilar metal corrosion. If you run individual white ground wires to all the lights and tie them together, you will never have a ground issue. Again, been there and done that. Other then that, I like your video and casing idea. I have wired lots of trailers and I like using the split loom myself. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on turbiny's instructable Kitchen Automatic Drawer Light4 days ago
    Kitchen Automatic Drawer Light

    I'm actually experimenting with closet doors and lights myself. And I was going with a lever type switch until I thought about reed switches. There is no need for any touching of the door or not touching to activate the lights. A mere little magnet on the door is all it takes. Nice project either way.

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  • gm280 commented on zdmvk's instructable Home Warming Technology. (Styrofoam)5 days ago
    Home Warming Technology. (Styrofoam)

    Couple questions. First WHY? Do you live in a cold climate that needs this done to a house to make it livable? Second question, did you notice any change in inside temperatures, and/or a reduction in energy used?

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  • gm280 commented on DiyCoolStuff's instructable Restoring an Old Wrench5 days ago
    Restoring an Old Wrench

    There is absolutely nothing wrong with restoring old tools and equipment. Some times those old tools are built with better metalurgy then modern tools. Never pass up a good old tool. Nice project port.

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  • gm280 commented on half-blood's instructable How to Make a Forest Dragon! 5 days ago
    How to Make a Forest Dragon!

    If you placed this in the real woods, I am certainly it would get someone changing their pants. And probably the creation shot as well. Interesting creation and bravo for being creative at the same time.

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  • gm280 commented on rog8811's instructable Wild Boar!!!!!5 days ago
    Wild Boar!!!!!

    This is amazingly funny and pretty realistic at the same time. I hunted wild boar and they can get dangerous at times. But this one seems pretty docile. Nice project.

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  • How to Raise Healthy, “Street-Smart” Monarch Butterflies

    Very interesting post. Thanks.

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  • gm280 commented on deluges's instructable How to Refurbish a Motorcycle Seat6 days ago
    How to Refurbish a Motorcycle Seat

    Nice project. Some times the worst part of a project is getting up the courage to try it. But you did good. Thumbs Up sir!

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  • Walk and Shoot BT VR Station - Arduino

    First thing I see WRONG with your post is, you never, ever, ever put your finger on the trigger UNTIL you are ready to shoot. Very bad practice to even do that with a game. Other then that, nice project.

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  • gm280 commented on bekathwia's instructable Wine Cork Trivet6 days ago
    Wine Cork Trivet

    You could swap out the metal hose clamp for a couple Zip-Ties and then not worry about metal. I have to say, when ever I see corks like that, the first think that comes to mine is fishing corks or bobbers. I have a lathe and would spin them down to nice double tapered fishing bobbers and paint them with florescent type paints. But that is just me. Nice project and better then throwing things away.

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  • gm280 commented on Nematic!'s instructable What Is a Resistor | Basics 1 week ago
    What Is a Resistor | Basics

    When you really understand electronics really well, it is amazing how many components you can literally make with household items. I love making circuits for my needs.

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  • gm280 commented on ajwingnut's instructable Rusted Refrigerator Repair1 week ago
    Rusted Refrigerator Repair

    Nice repair. First of all, your refrigerator shouldn't have been rusting being only 5 years old. Sounds like a factory defect. However, if the refrigerator was functioning well, why not repair it.

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  • gm280 commented on lonesoulsurfer's instructable Vacuum Tube LED Candle1 week ago
    Vacuum Tube LED Candle

    I like it. It looks great and interesting at the same time. I was wondering if you could find an old timey knife switch and install that, it would even look more older, but still great.

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  • gm280 commented on Donald Bell's instructable Make Beautiful Solder Joints1 week ago
    Make Beautiful Solder Joints

    Elohira, What I mean is you cut a small portion of the component lead off. Then you lay it flat next to the though lead of the same component. The stay a flush cutter and use the cut off lead to cut the component lead to the same height. That would make the component lead the exact same length as the diameter of the lead. Then you remove the cut off lead and solder the connection.

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  • Build an Electric Foundry for Melting Aluminum (that Works on 120 VAC)

    Please forgive me for ruffling feathers. That certainly was not my intention. I was just seeing a very potential danger if others followed your build. There are risks involved with every build, of course. But we equally need to inform of those risks to everyone reading a build. I think your project was informative and well designs, with the exception of the electrical risks provided. I too am looking to smelt metals and have for decades with lead. But I am now looking, reading and watching everything I can about aluminum, brass, copper and even cast iron smelting. So don't take my previous post as anything but to alert of the dangers I previewed. It was certainly not solely direct at you or your project, more so to alert others of the potential risks. With some projects, the danger does...

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    Please forgive me for ruffling feathers. That certainly was not my intention. I was just seeing a very potential danger if others followed your build. There are risks involved with every build, of course. But we equally need to inform of those risks to everyone reading a build. I think your project was informative and well designs, with the exception of the electrical risks provided. I too am looking to smelt metals and have for decades with lead. But I am now looking, reading and watching everything I can about aluminum, brass, copper and even cast iron smelting. So don't take my previous post as anything but to alert of the dangers I previewed. It was certainly not solely direct at you or your project, more so to alert others of the potential risks. With some projects, the danger doesn't allow for a do over, if a mistake happens. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on Alex in NZ's instructable Car Security Hack1 week ago
    Car Security Hack

    Two things came to mind reading over your posted project. First, I don't have to worry about any of my vehicles being stolen. Because nobody would want old vehicles that we own. Second, every lock has basically the same type setup with pins, springs and such. If you could remove the lock, it can always be repair to work like new again. Locks are there to make a typical person think twice about becoming a criminal. I real thief can get pass most type locks if they truly want to. JMHONice idea anyways.

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  • gm280 commented on TravisE13's instructable Alcantara Seat Repair1 week ago
    Alcantara Seat Repair

    A very ambitious project. But you made them look great. Nice project.

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  • gm280 commented on Donald Bell's instructable Make Beautiful Solder Joints1 week ago
    Make Beautiful Solder Joints

    It is good you are re-flowing the sold after cutting the wire. That way there is no dissimilar metals exposed to start corrosion. A different idea, and the way they teach you in the NASA certified soldering schools, is to cut off a small portion of the component lead, lay it down flat next to the feed-though component lead and use your flush cutters to cut the lead to the diameter of the lead. Then you solder the lead and everything is covered and finished at once. I used to be a NASA certified micro-miniature solderer for decades. Retired now.

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  • Build an Electric Foundry for Melting Aluminum (that Works on 120 VAC)

    I totally understand the reasons you did some things. But OMG you have to come up with a lot better idea to both insulate the exiting terminals and how you are connecting them up to the home supply voltages. If either one touches the metal container, anybody that touches the contain becomes the same potential. And a mere ground path spells electrocution. You need to research such a connection that both allows the voltage to be securely applied, but also insulated form the high heat and metal container. You could use some refinery cement to secure the terminals. Also, check out a local ceramic place to see if they can build something that would work. It has to be safe first! Other people that try to build your same setup may now be so lucky. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on beul's instructable PICKPOX1 week ago
    PICKPOX

    Interesting idea. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Tuomas Soikkeli's instructable Camping Stove1 week ago
    Camping Stove

    Nice design and layout. Is this what they call a "rocket stove"? IDK!

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  • gm280 commented on Joebarteam's instructable Computer Control Box1 week ago
    Computer Control Box

    Nice design, Nice effort, Nice layout. But you forgot the labels for all the switches and buttons and pots. Labels add that certain professionaisum to any project. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on Mixed Output's instructable Laser Cut Solder Fume Extractor1 week ago
    Laser Cut Solder Fume Extractor

    Designing such a setup is nice. And it can be a good idea. However, I professionally soldered for over 45 years. And in those years I never used any fume removal system. I have had my blood tested for both lead and other heavy metals to be on the safe side. I never ever had any lead issue in my blood. In fact I actually had lower levels then what they typical fine in most people. So I still don't use a fume extractor setup. But nice project anyway.

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  • Dubai 225 Quadcopter Build - Stop Motion

    Awesome video...I mean stop motion. Very nice presentation.

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  • gm280 commented on CobyHoff's instructable Replace Outlets and Extension Cord Plug1 week ago
    Replace Outlets and Extension Cord Plug

    Nice project. And I do agree with replacing older receptacles for the very reason you mentioned. You should have bought new receptacle plate as well and made it all look new and clean. I have a couple things that I would like to mention. First, make absolutely sure you get the white wire on the neutral terminal, the green on the ground and the black ( actually the hot line) on the smaller terminal. Otherwise it may still work, but is not how a lot of electrical appliances are wired to work. The larger slot on the receptacle is the neutral. The rounded over one is the ground, and the smaller slot is the hot. It is done that way on purpose to allow you to contact the ground terminal first as plugging anything in. Second issue. If your plug is tarnished and looks dark and blackish, but th...

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    Nice project. And I do agree with replacing older receptacles for the very reason you mentioned. You should have bought new receptacle plate as well and made it all look new and clean. I have a couple things that I would like to mention. First, make absolutely sure you get the white wire on the neutral terminal, the green on the ground and the black ( actually the hot line) on the smaller terminal. Otherwise it may still work, but is not how a lot of electrical appliances are wired to work. The larger slot on the receptacle is the neutral. The rounded over one is the ground, and the smaller slot is the hot. It is done that way on purpose to allow you to contact the ground terminal first as plugging anything in. Second issue. If your plug is tarnished and looks dark and blackish, but the cord is in great condition, you can mix up a little vinegar and some table salt and put the plug into that solution for a few minutes and it will clean the plug back to near new again. Then use some baking soda and water mixture to neutralize that vinegar solution and rinse with fresh water AND DRY IT OFF. There would be no need to replace the plug if it cleans up nicely. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on a-morpheus's instructable Undead Pan2 weeks ago
    Undead Pan

    It my have been your first time refurbishing such an item, but you did real good. I may even say perfect. It looks brand new. Bravo sir, bravo.

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  • Restoring a Rare Hand Plane | Stanley #4 1/2

    Very nice job. Restoring older hand tools to their original finish and being usable again is its own reward.

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  • gm280 commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Change a Car Battery2 weeks ago
    How to Change a Car Battery

    The concrete issues used to be for the older type batteries. There is no issues with the modern batteries we all use these days.

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  • Mini Linear Variable Power Supply (1.2-20 V , 2 Amp)

    Interesting layout and container. Been a long time since I've seen a TO-3 steel cased regulator. Unusual and equally unique as well.

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  • gm280 commented on suman_1790's instructable TV Remote Controlled Light and Fan2 weeks ago
    TV Remote Controlled Light and Fan

    I see so many controller units that use the typical relay to do the higher voltage switching work. But you can go even a step further and use simple TRIACs to do the switching and therefore eliminate any possible relay problems forever. And if you are already using opto-isolators (optocouplers), then you will never have any high voltage in conjunction with your controller board. Just a thought. Good project either way.

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  • gm280 commented on stevemoseley's instructable 10 Degree Kitchen Drawer Fix3 weeks ago
    10 Degree Kitchen Drawer Fix

    I have to admit after seeing your first video of the drawer problem, I thought of the exact idea you actually used. Nice way to make everything work. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on andreash79's instructable Pwm Driver With 5553 weeks ago
    Pwm Driver With 555

    Very nice layout and design. You can get a can of clear lacquer to spray the circuit board to protest the copper and the components. I do that on my circuits to also keep moisture at bay. And using MOSFETs you can parallel them for more current capability for larger motor control as well. The typical 555 timer sink or sources 200 ma. And using MOSFETs is the best component(s) for that application. But then you need some serious heat sink. Thumbs Up!

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  • How to Inflate a Tubeless Wheelbarrow Tire That Defies Inflation

    Same idea a lot of tire places have used. If the rim is really dry and/or rusty, that needs cleaned off first. Then you can use some soapy water to aid in sealing the ridge on the rim easier. Nice project idea though. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Russian Dude's instructable How to Make Fire Starter3 weeks ago
    How to Make Fire Starter

    Nice idea, but you need to use strike anywhere type matches for this. Because then you don't have to carry around a strike pad. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on Ruzsa_Janos's instructable Nixie Tube Socket Pins 3 weeks ago
    Nixie Tube Socket Pins

    They actually make a little tool to remove those pins out of the DB9 connectors (actually any DB type connector) without any trouble. And since you can get them made of plastic (they make a metal version as well) it doesn't cost much either. I've used them lots of times before. But nice idea to manufacture a Nixie tube socket. Some times ingenuity works better then anything else.

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  • Very Efficient But Crude DC Power Supply :)

    Nice project. You do know that you could run both the buck and boost at the same time instead of using a switch. And one other thing I need to mention. When building any electronic circuit, especially a power supply, always use parts that are capable of more then the requirements you are build towards. For example, You are building a power supply and used a 2 amp transformer. But you stated that you need 1N4007 diodes to make a bridge, or any bride for 2 amps. If you draw even slight over 2 amps, guess what will eventually happen to 2 amp diodes or bridge? And 1N4007 diodes are rated at 1000 volts 1 amp. Always, and I mean always use parts that exceed the requirement if you want it to last for more then a few months. For that bridge, a 5 amp or even a 10 amp bridge will work better. Sam...

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    Nice project. You do know that you could run both the buck and boost at the same time instead of using a switch. And one other thing I need to mention. When building any electronic circuit, especially a power supply, always use parts that are capable of more then the requirements you are build towards. For example, You are building a power supply and used a 2 amp transformer. But you stated that you need 1N4007 diodes to make a bridge, or any bride for 2 amps. If you draw even slight over 2 amps, guess what will eventually happen to 2 amp diodes or bridge? And 1N4007 diodes are rated at 1000 volts 1 amp. Always, and I mean always use parts that exceed the requirement if you want it to last for more then a few months. For that bridge, a 5 amp or even a 10 amp bridge will work better. Same with the caps. If your power supply is going to output 32 volts, don't use a 35 volt cap. Use at least a 50 volt cap or higher working voltage type. That way you exceeded the capability and have protection IF you get some spiking. Other then that, nice idea and design.

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  • gm280 commented on geotek's instructable Making Box Joints3 weeks ago
    Making Box Joints

    Certainly not trying to be argumentative by any means, but there are studies made on the wood working shows where this very subject was tested. And each time the finger joints (box joints) surpassed dove tails in strength. They took the exact same wood and made boxes using both finger joints and dove tails. And the dove tails always failed before the box joints. And the box joints have the exact same strength in either direction. Dove tails don't. So the woodworking shows stated unequivocally that box joints are stronger then dove tails and showed the actual tests and results. Now if you enjoy making dove tails, then by all means continue. I'm not on a crusade to change anybody's minds.

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  • gm280 commented on TurboSnail's instructable Les Paul Switch Replacement3 weeks ago
    Les Paul Switch Replacement

    You didn't replace the plate on the switch. But nice project post all the same.

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  • gm280 commented on bekathwia's instructable Motorcycle Petcock Replacement3 weeks ago
    Motorcycle Petcock Replacement

    Nicely done. The bike looks to be in great condition as well. I was going to refurbish an older 1974 CB450 but couldn't find any machine shop to bore it for me. So I gave up and got rid of it. However, If I knew then what I know now, things would have worked out differently. Good project post though.

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  • gm280 commented on geotek's instructable Making Box Joints3 weeks ago
    Making Box Joints

    Personally I like box or finger joints way better then dove tail for a couple reasons. First, box joints are stronger then dove tail joints. Second, box joints are easier to make and look every bit as good as dove tail joints. Third you can setup the table saw to make box joints pretty quick as apposed to dove tail joints with a router. I make all my cabinets using box joints. Strong and very handsome looking as well. Thumbs Up on this project!

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  • gm280 commented on Marsh's instructable Round Tube Center Finder!3 weeks ago
    Round Tube Center Finder!

    Nice concept for sure. But the efforts to make such a tool has to be spot on as well or it will not be in true center. So if you make one, you have to pay close attention to everything for it to function correctly. You could even drill a larger hole at the top sliced area to see the red portion coming to center as well. A mark on the outside and one scribed on the red tab vertically would allow you to get it exact. But really useful project either way. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Restore Faded Rubber or Plastic Trim3 weeks ago
    How to Restore Faded Rubber or Plastic Trim

    On some plastic parts you can use a heat gun and go over them with some heat and they will change back to like new condition. I did that on the bumpers on my Blazer and the insert plastic parts. Amazing to watch the color come back. But you have to use some common sense when using such high heat. And don't use a flamed heat. It has to be a heat gun.

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  • gm280 commented on Josehf Murchison's instructable Air Compressor Repair 3 weeks ago
    Air Compressor Repair

    Nice repair project. But where is the final painted picture? The gray you used after welding and brazing isn't the same as the final picture you shown...or is it?

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  • gm280 commented on savall21's instructable DIY Atari 2600 Power Supply3 weeks ago
    DIY Atari 2600 Power Supply

    I have one as well and been contemplating getting it up and running. It is disassembled presently, but I know electronics so no biggie. We have tons of cartridges (games) for it and I used to enjoy the more simplistic type games on that thing. Nice project post!

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  • gm280 commented on tlp801's instructable Fix Your Kenmore Fridge, Cheap!!4 weeks ago
    Fix Your Kenmore Fridge, Cheap!!

    Nice project. Depending on what is wrong with any appliance and how much the repair parts could cost, some times, actually most of the time, it is better to buy a new model. Parts on a lot of home appliances start to go bad after years of service. And the cost of the part (no labor, doing it yourself) and the number of years it has worked, it could be more cost effective to buy a new appliance. It really all depends on what part and time of service. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on karthihss's instructable Clutch Plate Clock1 month ago
    Clutch Plate Clock

    Odd seeing this. I just yesterday pulled a clutch and pressure plate out of my truck because the slave cylinder went belly up. So I have new ones to go back in. But the old one is still excellent yet. Your project made me stop and read it. Nice idea.

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  • gm280 commented on HarshalK12's instructable Gearless Transmission of 2 Shafts 1 month ago
    Gearless Transmission of 2 Shafts

    Nice presentation. But you can't take accolades for inventing it since it has been around for years. I've seen this years ago . But you did a nice built to show how it works. I can't believe it transfers much real energy being how the angled rods are the only true transfer ability. Good project though.

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  • gm280 commented on RichFarwell's instructable Knife-setting Jig for Your Jointer1 month ago
    Knife-setting Jig for Your Jointer

    Nice project. And remember, anything is better then nothing. While it was an old well used jointer, it still has life and is way better then no jointer.

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  • gm280 commented on sbinf74.'s instructable DIY - Mini Belt Sander 1 month ago
    DIY - Mini Belt Sander

    Very nicely build. My only question is, why didn't you go for a much wider belt setup? The motor could easily drive a lot wide belt and that would make the belts last longer as well, more area to use. But nice build anyway. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on BradleyC31's instructable Dust Cleaning Table Saw1 month ago
    Dust Cleaning Table Saw

    I actually did something similar with an old cast iron Craftsman table saw. I took the leg section off and built a nice cabinet to install the saw on with a dedicated enclosure with a 4" dust collection outlet to connect my shop vacuum to. And then installed a circuit so when you turn on the saw, the vacuum also turns on to suck up the debris and dust. And this circuit stay on about 10 seconds after you turn off the table saw to collect as much as it can. Your idea is the start of more things to come. and a good way to help control dust. Bravo for your project.

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  • gm280 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags1 month ago
    Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags

    Yea, I too use empty medicine bottles as well. Anything that you can sort items in to keep things organized is always a good thing.

    You can buy the little 2" x 3" bags at a lot of electronic parts stores and places like Amazon. And they also have other small sizes as well.

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  • gm280 commented on Left-field Designs's instructable Automotive Plastic Welding Repair1 month ago
    Automotive Plastic Welding Repair

    Two things come to mind reading and seeing your project. First, any time you have any crack, you have to stop it from growing longer. And you can do that with a drill stop at the ends of the crack. Otherwise, it will continue getting longer over time. Second, they do make repair kits for just that type plastic. If you have an automotive paint store, and if there is any body shops around, you can bet there is an automotive paint store as well. Go there and let them suggest the proper type two part repair mixture to repair your crack. And when it is finished, you will never ever know it was ever cracked. But you have to get the proper type repair material for your plastic. There are a lot of different types. JMHO

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  • Building the Workshop! // Tiny House

    Self satisfaction should be your greatest reward. Nicely done and I think you enjoyed the process as well.

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  • gm280 commented on djpolymath's instructable Hand Plane Restorations1 month ago
    Hand Plane Restorations

    Very nice work. I love refurbishing older tools and can see you do as well.

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  • gm280 commented on CraftersAndMothers's instructable "Ride a Bear" Bike1 month ago
    "Ride a Bear" Bike

    Well you have to be really careful what type bear you use. Some bears are very aggressive. Seriously, that is a neat idea and I am certain your kids love it as well. But your idea could also be used with most any type animal to create a neat look. Nice project.

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  • gm280 commented on jchavis2's instructable Repairing Stripped Cabinet Hinges1 month ago
    Repairing Stripped Cabinet Hinges

    I am sure that works. But you also risk a true particle board cabinet splitting when installing one of those metal inserts if not really careful. Particle board is merely press wood fragments and will not hold up to much of anything. And don't get particle board wet. It is gone then. I like the wood dowel insert my self and here is why. You drill the striped screw hole out to allow a properly size wood dowel to be inserted. Then glue the wood dowel in, cut it off flush and once dried, drill your new hole for the hardware again in the new wooden dowel. And it will hold for a long time. The dowel then carries the thread stress and not the cabinet. But your idea will work if you proceed carefully as well.

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  • gm280 commented on mikeasaurus's instructable Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags1 month ago
    Unusual Uses Ziploc Bags

    You can buy really small size ziplock plastic bag in the 2" by 3" sizes. Those are great for sorting electronic parts like resistors and capacitors. I print out a label and slide it inside the bag with the sorted parts and can easily see what each bag has in it then.

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  • gm280 commented on BenM50's instructable Steampunk Airship Frame1 month ago
    Steampunk Airship Frame

    I know this is a stupid question, but if this is merely going to do absolutely nothing but be on display, why worry about such structural integrity? I mean if doesn't actually fly, and isn't make to throw or drop, why are you going through such pains to make it structurally sound with beefed up joints and such? I guess I am not up with secret labs in the sky? IDK

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  • gm280 commented on epiphanyww's instructable Boat Paddles From Scrap Wood1 month ago
    Boat Paddles From Scrap Wood

    Nice job. I have been looking for paddle building to get some ideas myself. You have given me some ideas to try. Bravo sir, Bravo. I am a woodworker and enjoy building such things. I am going to try your ideas and see what happens. But mine will also be used.

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  • gm280 commented on TheKitMurkit.'s instructable Restore Bicycle Disk Brake Pads1 month ago
    Restore Bicycle Disk Brake Pads

    Not to worry about asbestos in today's brake pads and shoes. They phased those materials out a long time ago. And for a good heat resistant type glue, go with JB Weld epoxy. It will not let go with heat and is used it a lot of high heat automotive uses. Nice project. I actually plan to do the same type thing with the brake stops on my lawn mower. Those pads are about shot now that stop the blades when disengaged. And a mere inch square pad will work like new again. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on brichtl's instructable Laser Engrave Metal1 month ago
    Laser Engrave Metal

    We own a large bed Universal LASER engraver. But it won't do any metals at all. And that is because the type LASER used. Ours is a CO2 LASER system and therefore doesn't have the proper LASER frequency to do metals. They make dual LASER systems that have a CO2 LASER and another type used for metal engraving. I tried things and the CO2 system merely does nothing to even copper.

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  • gm280 commented on geotek's instructable Digital Controls for Router Lift1 month ago
    Digital Controls for Router Lift

    While I applaud your effort and ingenuity, I have to stay with my router raiser and simple measurements and rely on those things to build wood projects and things. I am a firm believer, the more parts something has, the more chances for one of those parts to fail, especially with electronics. Simple mathematics and proven many times over the years. But a nice approach to raising a router, or in this case, a water spindle, to the required position as well.

    I am sorry you took my previous comment as destructive criticism and not as a common sense idea for the typical home wood shop hobbyist. I love modern improvements for things. But what you posted is NOT a typical setup for general wood hobbyist. If you like it for what ever reason, that should be all that matters. I am sure my staying with traditional approach will not keep you awake at night, and shouldn't either. Just too complex for a home work shop setup when I have had zero issue with a quality router raiser to make many very nice projects over the years. So it is not for me, and if you enjoy it, that is all the should matter to you. I didn't say it was a bad project, only not a project for me!

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  • gm280 commented on Karebears's instructable Newspaper Kite1 month ago
    Newspaper Kite

    Oh yea, it did bring back memories for sure. I built a few of the newspaper kites and they all worked great. And a lot of the fun was in the build too. We even used small limbs from bushes to make the frames. Was really easy and fun to fly them. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on John deCaux's instructable How to Cook a Kangaroo Burger1 month ago
    How to Cook a Kangaroo Burger

    I thought for sure those burgers were going to be jumping all over the Bar-b being kangaroo and all.

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  • gm280 commented on djpolymath's instructable Center Finder Jig1 month ago
    Center Finder Jig

    Simple and complete. Nothing else to ask for. Good project.

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  • gm280 commented on TechMartian's instructable VU Meter: Music Reactive LEDs1 month ago
    VU Meter: Music Reactive LEDs

    Nice project. You should also post the schematic diagram for everybody to see the connections you used. And I am not sure if you know it or now, but they make resister DIPs (Dual Inline Packages) or resistors to simplify the current limiting resistor connections. One DIP chip would probably cover all the resistor you need for this setup. Check into it for a more simplistic layout. Just a thought.

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  • Hacking an Old School Toy Car Remote Control

    If you like reverse engineering such things, go for it. But you have to know a typical setup with both transmitter and receiver are very cheap to buy.

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  • gm280 commented on ma-vela's instructable Towel Flower1 month ago
    Towel Flower

    Nicely done. I like seeing ingenuity.

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  • DIY Solenoid Valve to Servo Valve Conversion

    Interesting concept and I applaud you for the persistence to keep at it. Nice idea and the only thing I would change would be to make a solid arm configuration to hold the magnets and attach very securely to the servo shaft. I don't trust glue for longevity. But I like how you worked this problem to a suitable finality. Typical irrigation systems use a electric valve that merely uses a solenoid to suck up (magnetic pull) a small little plunger type valve and the water pressure does the rest. Extremely simple but it works. You seemed to have duplicated that same hydraulic setup with your system. Good project.

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  • gm280 commented on C4mpi59's instructable Old Guitar Renovation / Makeover 1 month ago
    Old Guitar Renovation / Makeover

    Nice layout and effort. When you are dealing with lacquers, it take many many coats to build up enough to sand and finally polish out to a mirror finish. Toothpaste is way too aggressive for polishing lacquer. You need a very fine polishing liquid. Look into 3M polishing compounds. But you could easily apply ten to twenty coats of lacquer with very fine sanding between coats to get that mirror gloss finish you see on so many guitars. It is a effort of love to get that type finish.

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  • gm280 commented on Grunambulax's instructable Motion-Detecting Stair Lights: Simple1 month ago
    Motion-Detecting Stair Lights: Simple

    If you used some rechargeable batteries in the LED fixtures, then they would even work if power was cut off. And the transformer and little regulator circuit can do a constant low current charge on them to keep them picked. Just an idea as a possible update for version two.

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  • gm280 commented on kaustubhc1's instructable 5 LED CHASER USING a TRANSISTOR1 month ago
    5 LED CHASER USING a TRANSISTOR

    Again, a schematic diagram would be interesting. People that want to built your circuits will need a schematic diagram to allow them to understand how everything is connected to all the other parts. JMHO

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  • gm280 commented on kaustubhc1's instructable DUAL LED CHASER USING TRANSISTOR1 month ago
    DUAL LED CHASER USING TRANSISTOR

    Without a schematic diagram it looks like a flip flop setup. But that is merely wild guess.

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  • gm280 commented on MikeTheMaker's instructable Jittery Servo Repair1 month ago
    Jittery Servo Repair

    A jittering servo is trying to find a neutral position with the incoming signal. Dirty pots are a cause as you have found out. They make a contact cleaner that you spray on the pot and it washes off the dirt without damaging the resistive material. However, over time the wiper rubbing on the resistive material will wear beyond cleaning anymore and you either replace the pot (probably cost more then a new servo) or replace the servo itself. Good project though for others to learn from.

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  • gm280 commented on mihirp28's instructable Variable Voltage Power Supply1 month ago
    Variable Voltage Power Supply

    Nice project and instructions as well. A couple things to comment on but nothing major or dangerous. When you add banana jacks to any project, space them .75" from center to center. Why? Because ganged banana plugs used in the industry are set at that spacing and you can then use a positive and negative banana plug for both wires to power your circuit. Just an idea for future builds. Second, while it is nice to fuse (or circuit break) your output voltage to protect the circuit, it is equally as good to fuse (or circuit breaker ) the lines for the input to the transformer as well. That way IF the transformer every shorts out, you don't burn up anything inside the power supply. Again just a suggestion for future builds. Otherwise a very nice build. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on ThomasS404's instructable Replacing the Truss Rod in a Bass Guitar1 month ago
    Replacing the Truss Rod in a Bass Guitar

    Very gusty project, but nice to know it all worked out as well. I play guitar and know basically how they are made. But I am not sure I would have tried it myself before reading your project post. Now I believe I would go for it myself if need be. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on Mikhandmaker.'s instructable Router Plane1 month ago
    Router Plane

    Bravo sir, Bravo. Very nicely done. A simple but yet very effective hand tool.

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  • How to Make Wooden DIY Taco Holders

    The idea is good but what do you do when the wood needs cleaned?

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  • gm280 commented on samsuchin's instructable DIY Ice Cups!1 month ago
    DIY Ice Cups!

    You could just leave the outer cup on and still have a cold drink. That way the hand doesn't freeze up.

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  • gm280 commented on MsMaoMaoz's instructable K2SO Body Paint1 month ago
    K2SO Body Paint

    Awesome. The black out in this one was the best. It looks amazing. Thumbs Up!

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  • gm280 commented on 4DIYers's instructable How to Deodorize Your Vehicle's Interior1 month ago
    How to Deodorize Your Vehicle's Interior

    The vent I was talking about is this one. I've had my radio section opened (when installed a new Kenwood receiver) and looked inside and it seems to go nowhere. I have even hear others talk about it, but nobody really knew what it is there for.

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  • How to Clean and Lubricate Automatic Adjuster

    WOW I haven't messed with drum brakes in a few years. Last time I did drum brakes was on my neighbor's travel trailer. And of course they were all locked up frozen from dirt and rust. But after cleaning everything up to like new and replacing the shoes, it all worked out very well. Don't see too many drum brakes anymore with the exception of the dual brake setup on some rear disk brake vehicles with the emergency drum brakes.

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